Excitement is building around the addition of a CCI4*-L division to the Twin Rivers Spring International Three-Day Event. The competition takes place April 9-12 at the Baxter family's Twin Rivers Ranch in Coastal Central California's Paso Robles.
It was almost 20 years ago that the Baxter family purchased 500 acres in the sleepy Central California Coast town of Paso Robles. Where others saw fallow farmland, they saw the potential for international equestrian competition. And it was international competitors Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Tamra Smith who led the Advanced division at the Feb. 28-March 1 Winter Horse Trials, staged by the Baxters and their Twin Rivers Ranch team.
Dressage day at the Twin Rivers Winter Horse Trials saw Tamra Smith take familiar positions on familiar horses in the Advanced division. She and Pan Am Games team gold medal partner, Mai Baum, owned by Alexandra Ahearn, earned an 18.4 from Ground Jury member Sue Smithson to lead the 13-horse field. And she's third aboard Danito and sixth on En Vogue, with a 20.2 and a 28.4 respectively. Both are owned by Area VI's Owner of the Year Ruth Bley.
Pan Am Games team gold medalist Tamra Smith and Mai Baum and five-star pairs Andrea Baxter and Indy 500 and Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin headline a strong Advanced field when Twin Rivers begins an exciting season of eventing competition this weekend.
The Baxter family had a vision back in 2001 when they laid eyes on 500 acres of fallow farmland in Central Coastal California’s Paso Robles. Connie was an experienced eventing competitor. Jeff had earthmoving expertise as the owner of Whirlwind Excavating. And their daughter Andrea was already a talented eventer who now competes at the five-star level.
Twin Rivers Ranch is excited to welcome world-renowned cross-country course designer Hugh Lochore as the new cross-country course designer for the Intermediate through CCI4* levels, beginning immediately with their September International event.
The Twin Rivers CCI,CIC & H.T. Organizing Committee regrets to announce the death of Walterstown Don, a 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Don Juan De La Bouverie x Walterstown Treacy VII) owned by Lauren Burnell and ridden by Rebecca Braitling.
The first Spalding Labs/USEA Young Event Horse competition of 2009 on the West Coast took place on Thursday, April 16 at the Twin Rivers International Three Day Event. Seventeen four- and five-year-olds were presented to three qualified judges from the FEI ground jury.
Over 320 horses and riders will be competing at Twin Rivers Ranch, the 500-acre equestrian facility in Paso Robles, CA. This internationally rated show will draw competitors from all over the western US, Canada and Mexico, and even Great Britain will be represented! Horses and riders will compete over three days to achieve qualifying results that will lead them up to such events as the 2010 World Equestrian Games and the 2012 Olympic Games.